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Women’s Media Center Mourns Loss of Helen Thomas

July 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Women’s Media Center mourns the loss of White House correspondent and pioneer, Helen Thomas, who died Saturday at 92.

“Helen Thomas was an exceptional journalist, trailblazer and champion for all people, especially women,” said Julie Burton, president of The Women’s Media Center. “She fought to gain respect and equal access to top reporting jobs and influential leaders not only for herself, but also for her female colleagues. We are deeply grateful and appreciative of her achievements and nearly 60-year legacy.”

Thomas, who worked for United Press International and Hearst Newspapers, became the first woman assigned to the White House full time by a news service. In addition, she was the first woman to be named White House bureau chief of a major wire service, the first woman to be admitted to the Gridiron Club and the first woman president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. She covered every president from John F. Kennedy Jr., to Barack Obama.

The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem. It works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media. It does this through media advocacy campaigns, media monitoring for sexism, creating original content, training women and girls to participate in media, and connecting women experts with the media.

For more information, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor, Media Relations Manager, or 202-587-1636.